OSO Refuses to Join Presidential Advisory Board

    Desi Angriani, Christopher Harindra - 13 Desember 2019 12:54 WIB
    OSO Refuses to Join Presidential Advisory Board
    Hanura chairman Oesman Sapta Odang (Photo:Medcom.id/Faisal Abdalla)
    Jakarta: People's Conscience (Hanura) Party chairman Oesman Sapta Odang (OSO)  rejected a position on the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres) for the 2019-2024 period offered by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. He prefers to focus on managing the party.

    "I am very grateful for the President's admiration (Joko Widodo). But I will continue to be with my colleagues," OSO said at the Presidential Palace Complex, Central Jakarta on Friday, December 13, 2019.

    According to him, he was not allowed to concurrently hold the position of party leader. Nevertheless, he guaranteed to continue to support the Jokowi-Ma'ruf government for the next five years. 

    OSO was reluctant to reveal the names of the Wantimpres members who will be appointed at the State Palace this afternoon.

    The Council is tasked with providing advice on governance to the president as referred to in Article 16 of the 1945 Constitution. Suggestions are submitted both individually or as a whole of all members on the board.

    In 2015, Jokowi appointed nine members of the Presidential Advisory Council from various groups. The members of the Wantimpres include Subagyo HS (TNI), Yusuf Kartanegara (TNI), Hasyim Muzadi (Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama), Abdul Malik Fadjar (Muhammadiyah), and Sri Adiningsih (economist at Gajah Mada University).

    Senior politicians from political parties are also included in the ranks of President Jokowi's advisors. They included Sidarto Danusubroto (PDI-P), Suharso Monoarfa (United Development Party), Rusdi Kirana (National Awakening Party), and Jan Darmadi (NasDem).


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